Body Bizzare: This Man Called As "Tree Man" From Bangladesh
27-year-old Abul Bajander from Bangladesh has been dubbed the ‘tree man’ after his hands grew into what looked like tree branches. Apparently, he has been suffering from Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, a genetic hereditary skin disorder.
Because of his extremely bizarre illness, Abul could no longer work, and so he sought help from medical experts. In an attempt to restore his hands to normal, he had to undergo 16 surgeries! Doctors in Dhaka offered to treat him free of charge, and moved him and his family to the hospital last February to begin the first of many groundbreaking surgeries.
It was until all 16 surgeries were done, that eleven pounds of bark-like growth was finally removed—restoring his hands to normal. He’ll still need a few more surgeries for beautification, but he now can at least eat, write, and hold his 3-year-old daughter on his own.
According to Wikipedia, Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, colloquially known as tree man illness is an extremely rare autosomal recessive genetic hereditary skin disorder associated with a high risk of carcinoma of the skin. It is characterized by abnormal susceptibility to human papillomaviruses (HPVs) of the skin. The resulting uncontrolled HPV infections result in the growth of scaly macules and papules, particularly on the hands and feet. It is typically associated with HPV types 5 and 8, which are found in about 80% of the normal population as asymptomatic infections, although other types may also contribute.